I don’t know how to blog, but I’m doing it anyway.



I keep getting stuck at various points on the spectrum of inspiration and execution. This blogging endeavor makes so many more demands on my knowledge, time, and creativity than I ever could have imagined. My familiarity with current technology is shamefully basic. I am not savvy in the least when it comes to social media or photography. I have a full-time job that saps a lot of my mental and physical energy. I haven’t decided exactly what I want the focus of this blog to be, and I don’t really know how to attract an audience. I am struggling to adjust to producing creative work and budgeting my time again after years of being out of school. I am officially overwhelmed.

There was a time when I fancied myself a tech-savvy kid. I was the one to teach my mother to right-click and copy-paste and ctrl+alt+delete, and now she owns and operates an online business and I’m over here trying to remember the bits and pieces of HTML I used to customize my MySpace page 10 years ago. I’ve got a liberal arts degree, and I don’t really know what the difference is between a widget and a plugin. Or how to use Twitter. Do I have to use Twitter? I feel like my adolescent brain retained the basics of HTML script and web design with ease, but now all that useful knowledge has been replaced by literary theory and research technique. And that expensive knowledge has been replaced by NBC sitcom quotes.

I spent 3 hours on a rare Saturday morning off trying to adjust the permalinks for my posts, which is when it really sank in that I have absolutely zero knowledge of how to troubleshoot issues that arise with the technical aspects of this space. I was all up in the guts of Bowls and Jars, and it was gross. I don’t like it in there, but I’m going to have to get comfy with performing minor blog surgery in order to make any progress here.

There is a lot to juggle, and I don’t know at what point it may become worth it, especially when I see the success that some of my favorite bloggers are having with thriving nutrition businesses and cookbooks, but I’m trying not to compare my beginning to someone else’s middle. This is my blog, and it can be whatever I want to make it, if I put the time in. But if I want an audience, they’ve got to have something to read. So for now, I’m going to focus on getting good recipes up on the blog.  I’m going to do what I actually enjoy, which is making food and sharing it with others. The rest of it can be the backdrop for my posts; if I record my struggles here, I will have a record of my creative and technical growth as I hone my knowledge and my perspective and carve out a little space for myself here on the internet, where everyone and their 11 year old daughter has a food blog. (Seriously, my co-worker’s 11 year old daughter has a food blog. Maybe she has some tips for me.)

Anyway, for the sake of accountability, I’ll tell you I’m going to share a recipe later this week for my current favorite dinner, a lentil “sloppy Joe” bowl of sorts. Thanks for reading.

xo Jillian

One Comment

  1. mary blackmer walmer

    Patience Grasshopper. To be fair, my online business operates within the confines of very large websites with their own software and tons of info on how to navigate it, it has been 8 years of trial and error and I still find things every day that I do not understand. Next time I see you I will show you how I edit my photos on my phone, there is also a site called PicMonkey that is super fun for photos, you can add words and borders and different effects. Don’t be discouraged, you are doing great. Have fun with it.

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